Located at the gateway to Singapore, Johor Bahru is still finding its feet as a Malaysian tourist destination. You can expect wide clean sidewalks dotted with historical landmarks, temples, mosques, monuments, plenty of shopping hotspots, and some unexpectedly attractive cosmopolitan corners to explore.
A fast-growing city in southern peninsula Malaysia, Johor Bahru is accessible by a bustling causeway. Since its establishment in 1994 as a city, it is perhaps more well-known as a manufacturing and transport hub than a tourist highlight. However, things are beginning to change. Two brand new theme parks were opened in 2012, and the city is benefitting from a much-needed makeover.
In the centre, City Square is the hub of shopping and eating, and the main boulevard, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, has plenty of food and nightlife to offer. The vibrant urban pulse of Johor Bahru also continues in bustling sidestreets off the main drag, where you can find delicious street food specialities and some beautiful examples of old style Malaysian architecture. The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is worth highlighting; it's a particularly splendid Hindu temple covered in glittering glass mosaics. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is a gorgeous Victorian-style mosque perched on the water right near the Zaharah Botanic Gardens, a particularly beautiful sight to behold in the evenings.
Experience Travel Group would be delighted to help you fit a sojourn into Johor Bahru as part of your tailor-made Southeast Asian adventure, whether you’re just passing through, or keen to explore the area in greater detail. Contact our experienced travel consultants today.